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Del. bishop issues pastoral letter in anticipation of same-sex marriage bill

Saturday, February 2, 2013

WILMINGTON, Del. — As advocates prepare to push for a bill authorizing gay marriage in Delaware, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington is weighing in with a pastoral letter on marriage.

Bishop Francis Malooly

Bishop Francis Malooly begins his pastoral letter with a quotation from the book of Genesis stating that God created mankind in his own image, both male and female, and directed them to be fertile and multiply.

Malooly also notes that the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines marriage as a matrimonial covenant between a man and a woman and says marriage must be “cherished and defended.”

State lawmakers have said it’s likely that a bill authorizing gay marriage will be introduced in the legislature this year, barely a year after same-sex civil unions became legal in Delaware.

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  1. This petition asking IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to Investigate the Catholic Church and Cardinal Dolan for violations of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status violations already has over 6,000 signatures. Please sign the petition, and then re-post it:

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:43pm
  2. Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:54pm
  3. Petition signed and shared
    We must get the petition to get VIRAL

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 3:12pm
  4. Fruitful and multiply we did. That was old Testament dude. This is love thy neighbor as thy self, New Testament times, get with the game. Otherwise you will be killing disobedient children(after you molest them of course, killing people for eating shrimp and killing any male having relations with a women in her menstrual time. These people really irk me.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 3:17pm
  5. It’s as if these people had not read their own holy book and did not know the sort of “relationships” considered marriage within it. Few resemble what they are calling the “traditional marriage that has not changed for thousands of years.”

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 3:46pm
  6. We can always count on an organized crime syndicate that rapes innocent chidlren to spew hate and vitriole.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4:31pm
  7. ASTONISHING how many of these DESPICABLE ANAL PORES who regard themselves as so-called “CHRISTIAN LEADERS” have very little true chrisitian SENSIBILITY when it comes down to it. ALMOST every week there is a new bishop, minister, or preacher COMING OUT to denigrate Gays and Same Sex Marriage when THEY cannot ‘LOVE THY NEIGHBOR as THY SELF.” AH’s, MORONS, and IDIOTS!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4:53pm
  8. In human history,. there is always good people and evil people and there always will be. But, it takes Christianity to make a good person do and say evil things…. The greatest downfall of the human species is organized religion.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4:57pm
  9. Do they “the christian church” take the credit for the divorce rate in america? They should, they spout all this stuff from the bible about how its between a man and a woman. So take credit for the divorce rate of over 50 percent. They sure are doing on bang up job of keeping those men and women together.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 5:21pm
  10. I think what is so hilarious is that they keep spouting the same b.s. and they believe it so convincingly but the facts are that the Christian church has a higher divorce rate, wide spread pedophilia in the church, and also their basis for everything is Genesis when in fact the New as well as Old testament were never written by God or Jesus but was in fact put together by the pagan Emperor Constantine.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 6:34pm
  11. Rott in Hell Bigot!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:46pm
  12. Looks such a happy fellow!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:06am